After 12 rounds of American Idol 2013, the folks that pull the strings know it’s crucial to tweak the show from season to season to stay relevant. This year, it’s all about the American Idol judges and viewing audience getting up close and personal with the contestants.
As MJ Santilli of MJs Big Blog points out, the “one chance, one song -- no mercy” approach to the sudden death rounds in Las Vegas will actually make it so no contestant remains unseen. In past years, many decisions were made behind the scenes, so when we finally met the Top 24, some of them were still virtual strangers to us. With two whole weeks dedicated to this round, none of the American Idol Season 12 Top 40 will be strangers by the end!
As we pointed out yesterday, the two-hour shows each night will only allow 10 hopefuls to sing one song, which likely means producers will be featuring a lot of backstory into these people’s lives. By the time we get down to the live shows, we should hopefully feel like we know these singers a lot better. It will be interesting to see how this connection will affect the voting. FOX is so dedicated to this idea, Glee will be preempted for the next two weeks to allow for the extended showtimes.
Let’s get down to the nitty gritty. The American Idol Top 40 will be split into 4 groups of 10, once again separated by gender. The shows will be taped lived the night before, most likely to prevent a lot of spoilers floating around the interwebs. At the end of each show, 5 will be cut and 5 will remain.
When it comes to what they can perform, each hopeful was allowed to submit any five songs (even originals) to American Idol 2013 producers, who then make the ultimate decision about which will be performed. Singers can choose to play with the band and/or play instruments, so the powers that be are allowing a fair amount of creativity from the hopefuls year. We love this idea, as forcing cotnestants into extremely limited song choices in the past has created a round hole, square peg issue.
At the end of the Las Vegas round, we’ll be left with the final American Idol Season 12 Top 20 competitors, as opposed to the Top 24 of seasons past. From there, another sudden death round will commence, with 10 of one gender competing live on Tuesday, March 5, while the other 10 will perform on Wednesday, March 6. The first one-hour live results show will air March 7, resulting in the big reveal of the Top 10 (5 girls and 5 guys)!
Is it just us or do these changes sound fantastic? We’ll get to know the contestants more while the show will up the drama with nearly instant cuts being made. What do you think of the new format?
Source: MJs Big Blog